Q & A

American Jobs Plan Encompasses Affordable Housing Infrastructure

April 9, 2021    

On March 31, the White House released an outline of a $2 trillion plan to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, with a focus on stimulating the long-term recovery of the American economy, combating climate change, and addressing persistent racial injustice. The framework, called the American Jobs Plan,...

Texas Federal Judge Rules Eviction Moratorium Is Unconstitutional

March 11, 2021    

So why is the moratorium still in effect?

 

On Feb. 25, an Eastern District of Texas federal judge ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) national eviction moratorium is unconstitutional. The moratorium was implemented by the...

Research Supports a Flexible Emergency Rental Assistance Program

March 11, 2021    

A recent study sought to glean lessons from the state and local rental assistance programs launched in 2020 before the emergency rental assistance programs funded by the coronavirus relief package signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, ramps up. The difficult task of administering these funds will...

Landlord Incentives in the HCV Program: Do They Work?

February 11, 2021    

HUD’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report on a limited review conducted to determine the use of landlord incentives in the Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration program to increase landlord participation and retention in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The...

Nomination for HUD Secretary Advances to Full Senate

February 11, 2021    

The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee recently advanced the nomination of HUD Secretary-designate Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to the full Senate on a 17-7 bipartisan vote. If confirmed, Representative Fudge will be the first woman in 40 years, and the second Black woman, ever to lead...

Vaccine Delivery at Assisted Housing Sites

January 14, 2021    

Q Can sites coordinate with local health departments to provide on-site COVID-19 vaccines?

Pandemic Adjustments for MORs

January 14, 2021    

Q With rising COVID-19 cases in my area, must unit inspections during on-site Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) still occur?

A The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance...

Top Management Challenges Facing HUD in 2021

January 14, 2021    

Each year, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issues a report summarizing what it considers the most serious management challenges facing the department. In turn, HUD is required to include this report in its annual agency financial report.

U.S. District Court Halts HUD’s Revisions to Disparate Impact Rule

November 12, 2020    

A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction to stop HUD from implementing a rule that would have made it harder to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. The rule would have required plaintiffs to meet a higher threshold to prove unintentional discrimination, known...

NLHA: Expenses Rise, Rent Revenues Fall, for Affordable Housing Providers

October 15, 2020    

COVID-19 has increased costs and reduced revenue for housing providers, making it harder for them to operate and invest in future housing projects, according to a survey by the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and ndp analytics. Conducted in August, the survey asked low- and moderate-...

HUD Must Ensure Households Have Sufficient Supply of Safe Drinking Water

September 14, 2020    

Catalyst: As part of the fiscal year 2019 audit plan, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit into HUD’s oversight of lead in the water of multifamily housing units. The objective was to determine whether HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing...

Don't Require COVID-19 Testing as a Condition of Occupancy

August 11, 2020    

According to experts, controlling the spread of the pandemic demands finding the infected and isolating them until they can no longer spread the disease, alongside broader measures like social distancing. With an untold number of asymptomatic carriers, the only option to find out who truly has...